Ladies First: Female Heads of State

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  • Dilma Rousseff
  • Laura Chinchilla
  • Pratibha Patil
  • Gloria Macapgal-Arroyo
  • Chandrika Kumaratunga
  • Corazon Aquino
  • Violeta Chamorro
  • Janet Jagan
  • Catherine Samba-Panza — Central African Republic
  • Portia Simpson-Miller
  • Joyce Banda
  •  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Park Geun-Hye
  • Yingluck Shinawatra

Pratibha Patil — India

Pratibha Patil was India’s first female president, serving from 2004 to 2007. A trained lawyer, Patil enjoyed a long career in politics before assuming office.

(Photo: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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